If you are planning your next holiday in Sri Lanka, but still deciding between beach or adventure, wildlife tours or visiting some of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage sites and other historical locations – well Nilaveli, Trincomalee is the place for you!

Trincomalee has great beaches where you can relax and swim, snorkel or scuba dive and see the wonderful coral reefs and sea life. The area is also becoming very popular for whale watching as well as dolphins. And on land, there are many excursions you can do – whether just for a few hours or a full day to go further afield!

Attractions and activities in Trincomalee

Fort Frederick & Konneswaram Temple

Fort Fredrick, also known as Trincomalee Fort or Fort of Triquillimale, is a fort built by the Portuguese at Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, completed in 1624 CE.  Inside the old ramifications, you will today find the 20th Read More

Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

This is another Hindu temple which has attracted pilgrims from before the 11th Century.  It is dedicated to the goddess Bhadrakali and consists of a large complex of connected shrines.  Read More

Kanniya Hot Water Springs

The local Kanniya Hot Springs are the most famous ancient hot wells in Sri Lanka which go back to the times of King Ravana who ruled the country over 5000 years ago.  There are seven wells in a square shape. Read More

Girihandu Seya

About 40km away, this is an ancient Buddhist temple and has the first Buddhist Stupa both in Sri Lanka and in the world.  It is situated on a small hill which can be reached by a set of steps and a 200 foot climb – and from where beautiful views of the area can be seen. Read More

Dolphin and whale watching

Dolphin watching trips can be organised during the whole season, however for whale watching, the best months March/April and August/September.  Indeed Trincomalee is rapidly emerging as another internationally important whale watching destination, including blue whales, the largest on the planet!

Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

For scuba diving and snorkelling the season on the East Coast runs from March to October, though outside these months, the sea can still be good for swimming weather dependent.  Our onsite dive centre ‘Taprobane Divers’ has great access to both the dive sites in Nilaveli and those also off the historic city of Trincomalee, Read More

Day Trips from Trincomalee

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. Read More

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. It hosts the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Read More


Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is another UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.  The ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka, Read More


The Anuradhapura Kingdom, named for its capital city, was the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka and Sinhalese people. It lasted for over 1500 years from the 4th century BC and the capital only moved to Polonnaruwa in 1017 after Anuradhapura had been destroyed in a war.  The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. Read More


The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa was the kingdom from which Sri Lankan kings ruled the island from the 11th century until 1310 CE. Polonnaruwa was developed to be the next kingdom by the Sri Lankan kings from the fifth century BC itself and even during the Anuradhapura era some kings chose this area to rule from whenever the Anuradhapura was under siege. Read More